Golf News for Friday, May 3, 2013 | Business

KemperSports to manage golf operations at Tennessee's WindRiver

NORTHBROOK, Ill. -- KemperSports, the most trusted name in golf, announced that it has been selected by WindRiver Investments, LLC to manage golf operations at WindRiver, a lakefront and golf community situated on the shoreline of Lake Tellico in Lenoir City, Tenn., just outside of Knoxville. WindRiver features an 18-hole daily fee golf course, a marina and a growing residential community with additional amenities in development.

"We have aligned ourselves with experienced and successful partners to help us realize our vision for WindRiver," said Joe Ayres, president of WindRiver Investments LLC. "KemperSports exudes a culture of professionalism and expertise in the golf industry and we look forward to working with the team to further develop WindRiver as one of the premier active lifestyle communities in the South."

KemperSports will manage the WindRiver Golf Course, an 18-hole par-72 layout designed by Jack Nicklaus protégé Bob Cupp. The course spans 180 acres of the WindRiver community and features expansive fairways, contoured putting greens and scenic views of Lake Tellico. WindRiver Golf Course is a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, one of the first in the state of Tennessee, and includes five sets of tees for golfers of varying skill levels.

KemperSports will implement proven best management practices and its Green to a TeeTM environmental stewardship program to enhance operations, course conditioning and the overall golf experience at WindRiver. The company's award-winning customer service program called TrueServiceTM will set the foundation for the level of service that all residents and guests of WindRiver will come to expect in the community.

"WindRiver has a bright future," said Steve Skinner, chief executive officer of KemperSports. "We look forward to working with the development team to re-launch the golf course at WindRiver and raise awareness of this multi-faceted lifestyle community."

KemperSports has more than 30 years of experience in golf course management, and its properties continually rank among the best courses in the U.S. and the world. The company manages several of the "Top 100 Courses You Can Play," as ranked by GOLF Magazine, as well as top courses in its respective markets including, Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich., host of the 2012 and 2014 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore., named the No. 1 Golf Resort in North America by Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine, Chambers Bay, host of the 2010 U.S. Amateur and 2015 U.S. Open, the new Streamsong Resort in Streamsong Fla., as well as The Governors Club in Brentwood, Tenn.

The company will work closely with WindRiver Investments, LLC and its consulting team to grow the WindRiver community and establish a master development plan to complement the existing golf course and marina. Plans are underway to introduce a myriad of passive and active recreational amenities for future residents and guests.

WindRiver Investments, LLC assumed ownership of the development in July 2012. For more information about WindRiver, please visit

About WindRiver
Located along the shores of Lake Tellico, WindRiver is an active lifestyle community in Lenoir City, Tenn. The community features miles of beautiful shoreline, a marina and an 18-hole Audubon Signature Golf Course designed by Bob Cupp. Additional amenities and real estate at WindRiver are currently in development. WindRiver Investments, LLC assumed management of the golf course and residential community in July 2012. For more information, please visit

About KemperSports
Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports builds, owns and manages golf courses, resorts, athletic clubs and lodging venues across the U.S., Caribbean and Central America. The company's award-winning portfolio includes nationally-ranked courses and tournament venues such as Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, named the No. 1 Golf Resort in North America by Golf Digest and GOLF magazine; The Glen Club; Desert Willow Golf Resort; Harbor Shores, site of the 2012 and 2014 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid; and Chambers Bay, host of the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the 2015 U.S. Open. For more information about KemperSports, please visit

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